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GS21 1061 Critical Thinking in Science

  • Course Director(s): William Mattox
  • Semester: Summer Session
  • Frequency: Odd Years
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Grading System: Pass/Fail
  • Prerequisites: General knowledge of biology or biomedicine


Mattox, William. One semester hour. Summer, odd numbered years. Grading System: Pass or Fail. Prerequisite: General knowledge of biology or biomedicine.

In this course students will develop skills for critically and professionally evaluating the significance, logic and presentation of scientific studies. Class sessions will emphasize student discussion and debate of topics including experimental design, the logical interpretation of results, scientific fraud, controversial results, dogma, and effective critique. Through class exercises students will gain understanding of the peer review process and will develop skills required to write critiques of manuscripts and research proposals.

Course Outline Critical Thinking in Science